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Here are four stocks with buy rank and strong income characteristics for investors to consider today, August 18th:

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (AQN - Free Report) : This utility company has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings advancing 8.5% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 4.42%, compared with the industry average of 3.07%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 4.59%.

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (APD - Free Report) : This atmospheric gases and specialty gases provider has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 1.5% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.61%, compared with the industry average of 0.92%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 2.56%.

Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (CFFN - Free Report) : This bank holding company has witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings advancing 1.6% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.55%, compared with the industry average of 1.72%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 2.5%.

FBL Financial Group, Inc. (FFG - Free Report) : This life insurance services providerhas witnessed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for its current year earnings increasing 4.7% over the last 60 days.

This Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) company has a dividend yield of 2.56%, compared with the industry average of 2.01%. Its five-year average dividend yield is 2.21%.

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